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20 Watts Video: What is 20 Watts? by tjwell01

What is 20 Watts, exactly? We’re the guys who bring mixtapes instead of flowers on the first date and the girls who’ll never shut up about their favorite new single. We love music — that’s all it comes down to for us. We’re gearing up to step it up this year. New developments are on the way, and we can’t wait to keep improving the brand. Keep reading and listening, because we feel the love.

Love and stereo,

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Things That Are Awesome #1: Musical Pairings by crumblymuffin
Food and music: a match made in blog Heaven

Food and music: a match made in blog heaven

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There’s always a ton of album reviews and live coverage on this site, but we rarely ever talk about anything outside these realms on 20 Watts. After all, music is becoming ever more invasive in our lives, so why shouldn’t we take a look at some things that take our enjoyment of music to new places?

Here’s a creative site that takes two lovely things, music and food, and mixes them together. Eating/sf originally started out as a food blog from a couple (Matt and Kasey) in San Francisco, but as luck would have it, it’s evolved to include music recommendations that would coincide with each recipe on the page.

My personal favorite is the banana bread/Matt and Kim post, but the pairing of pasta with wild mushroom, bacon and peas alongside the album Thickfreakness by The Black Keys is pretty enticing. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective with salmon and pesto (“If you aren’t going to challenge your sense of taste with something experimental and new — why not challenge your ears?”) doesn’t sound bad, either. Apart from originality, Matt’s a phenomenal music listener/fan/critic. He knows how to turn a phrase, so go check it out, then get to the kitchen.

Stop by their site, or you can follow Matt’s Twitter to get links to the page: www.twitter.com/matthewhickey

— Dan Creahan



20 Watts Reviews Elvis Costello’s Secret, Profane and Sugarcane by Alex Zuckerman
Costello's latest album delves into decidedly more rustic territory

Costello's latest album delves into decidedly more rustic territory

As Elvis Costello is smack dab in the middle of his summer tour I felt it appropriate to give him a little shout-out. Costello’s latest album, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane was released June 2. It offers a refreshing sound because it is acoustic and every track features a clean-cut resonance with no synthesizers, distortion or studio antics.

But it is not the soothing harmonies of Costello and his acoustic guitar that make this album so different from the others. Costello has brought to life his love for country music. Secret, Profane & Sugarcane is pure, pick-up truck blues.

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Trendy Listening by Rlhelman
April 16, 2009, 5:16 pm
Filed under: Music + Fashion | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Double Agent

My ancient headphones recently turned to crap, just in time for the prime-time listening summer season. In the process of searching for a new set, i came across these – although i settled for the always reliable Bose brand.

WeSC – the under $60 brand that covers the ears (preferable for our winter season). Comes in different/bright colors, buds, and styles.

Nerve Pipes – customize your own set of headphones for CHEAP under $40!

Skullcandy – The headphones that I used to have back in highschool and worked WELL until i lost part of the cord and they became too hard to use.

— Rachel HelmanWESC Headphones - Sitar (Marshmallow)